Essay On Vietnam War Censorship

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Censorship goes hand in hand with self-censorship by journalists. Journalists at war have censored themselves for a number of reasons: because they expect to be censored, because they or their editors decide that it is not in the ‘national interest’ to publish, because of their commitment to a cause or simply because of personal loyalty to the soldiers they accompany. Most journalists paradoxically appear to be more comfortable with some form of censorship in wartime. The Vietnam War was an open war, fought without formal censorship. Lack of censorship led to more self-censorship among correspondents. With little or no guidance reporters on occasions were uncertain of what to write for fear of endangering life or giving away vital military

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